DAZ Studio

DAZ Studio

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 321 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.0.21
File Size:
674.33MB
Date Added:
March 25, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
2,348,939
Downloads Last Week:
368
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

From the makers of the popular scene rendering program Bryce comes DAZ Studio, a powerful freeware 3D modeling and CAD program that looks great, but is a resource hog and can be sluggish for the average user.

The publisher recommends at least 256MB of RAM, but we found that to be wishful thinking. The program runs choppily on anything less than 1GB, although some of the more complex rendering was processed more slowly than others. It also requires an OpenGL compatible graphics card with at least 128MB of RAM onboard, so machines built before 2003 will certainly struggle. This isn't unusual for this kind of program, though.

DAZ offers up a wide array of built-in models and tools and for creating, animating, and recording life-like scenes. Users can purchase additional models through the publisher's Web site. Free tutorials on the site take a bit of the edge off the learning curve, although it's still steep. The feature set is nothing short of incredible: You can take a model, manipulate it, add detail and texture, have it interact with other models, and manage your art files. The tool panels on the left and right navigation bars can be hidden, to maximize screen space, and all the tools have mouse-over labels to help newbies learn what's what. There are also components for easy export to other programs like Photoshop.

According to the publisher, the program is compatible with Windows Vista, however, we were unable to install it on our Enterprise edition. Also, all users must register on the publisher's Web site to get the free serial number for the program.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 321 votes

    • 5 star: 133
    • 4 star: 83
    • 3 star: 34
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 56
  • Current Version:

    3.5

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 3 stars

    "Solid product, but hell to install successfully."

    June 15, 2013   |   By theheadlessman

    Version: DAZ Studio 4.5.0.114

    Pros

    Plenty of helpful information out there if you don't mind hunting and sifting through a host of useless tutorials to find one(s) that actually address whatever issues you might be having with the learning curve.

    Bridge tech software works like a charm.

    Easily accessible files without need for additional codecs when communicating with photoshop and zbrush

    Plenty of additional software (some award-winning, I might add) packages available on DAZ website if you don't mind downloading them through the confusing install-manager.

    Cons

    Don't bother going to the DAZ website for community help. Their forums are filled with unanswered questions and repeat members seeking the same advice more than once.

    If you do choose this product, don't be surprised if you're required to uninstall/re-install from DAZ website for registration codes. iwant.com is no longer providing them without membership and their incessant emails can be a serious inbox pain.

    The installation process is a lot like flying blindfolded looking for a needle in a haystack. The install manager seems to attempt simplicity but also seems to be referring to additional products not advertised/explained and once installed, will request pathways in 'settings' tab of inaccessible software menus. I'll be honest. It took me three attempts to download and install this product before it worked properly on my high-end custom pc. In my mind, that's far, far more than annoying and just tipping the scale toward 'not worth it'

    Summary

    All it's complex processes aside, the actual software (once you get past the inane and insanely irritating installation process) is powerful, easy to learn, easy to port, and satisfyingly supported with ample resources to continue through the entire design process from modeling to animation and viewing of your scene/image/pose. All in all, I am happy with my decision to hold on to this product, but I most certainly WILL NOT be adding it again should it somehow spontaneously remove itself from my desktop/hard-drive... again.

    Getting to it can be a real *&$%, but once you have the program working successfully on your pc, it's satisfying enough to hold on to.

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  • 4 stars

    "It is easy to understand with the help videos provided."

    September 03, 2012   |   By Moneymanshaw

    Version: DAZ Studio 4.5.0.114

    Pros

    Comes with links to help videos and tutorials wich walk you through the entire process of creating figures and animating them.

    Cons

    At the present time, I have found no cons for this software.

    Summary

    Highly recommend this for beginners and pros alike.

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